Colby Haddan, a Moffat County High School senior, shoots Saturday against Battle Mountain at MCHS. The MCHS boys varsity basketball team never trailed in a 58-31 win over the Huskies, the Bulldogs’ first home court victory of the season.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Colby Haddan, a Moffat County High School senior, shoots Saturday against Battle Mountain at MCHS. The MCHS boys varsity basketball team never trailed in a 58-31 win over the Huskies, the Bulldogs’ first home court victory of the season.

MCHS boys earn 1st home victory with 58-31 rout

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MCHS boys varsity basketball against Battle Mountain

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Box score from the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s game Saturday against Battle Mountain High School:

(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)

• Moffat County — 13 — 12 — 12 — 21 — 58

• Battle Mountain — 6 — 9 — 11 — 5 — 31

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name — points)

• Tyler Hildebrandt — 15

• Colby Haddan — 12

• Andy Browning — 8

• Tyler Davis — 6

• Joe Camilletti — 6

Tyler Hildebrandt was called into the starting lineup for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team earlier this season following an injury to senior Jacob Scroggs.

On Saturday against Battle Mountain at home, Hildebrandt, an MCHS junior, got off to a hot start, scoring the game’s first seven points.

Hildebrandt ended the game with a team-high 15 points in leading the Bulldogs to a 58-31 win and the team’s first home victory of the season.

“It feels great,” Hildebrandt said. “We really played as a team and had a lot of trust in each other and put in a lot of effort.

“It was just a good team win.”

The Bulldogs (4-13 overall, 2-6 Western Slope League) never trailed in the game and led 13-6 after the first quarter and 25-15 at halftime.

But, Battle Mountain (6-14 overall, 1-8 WSL) hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the third quarter to pull within four.

MCHS never faltered and a 3-pointer each from freshmen Tyler Davis and Joe Camilletti allowed the Bulldogs to extend their lead to 11 at 37-26 after three.

Seven players scored for the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Head coach Eric Hamilton said his team showed poise in not allowing Battle Mountain to make a big run and take the lead.

“The third quarter was kind of backwards of the way we wanted it because we were hoping to start strong,” he said. “(Battle Mountain) hit some big 3-pointers to get back in it, but we didn’t allow a huge run. We were able to battle back and slow the game down so we could settle in.”

As opposed to Friday’s game at Eagle Valley where the Bulldogs couldn’t keep up with the fast pace of the Devils, Hamilton said the Bulldogs were able to control the tempo Saturday offensively.

“Offensively, we worked the ball and didn’t force anything,” he said. “Instead of having one guy try to take things over, we worked hard as a team to get each other set up for great shots.

“This win was a long time coming and we had a great atmosphere.”

Senior Colby Haddan scored 12 points for the Bulldogs and fellow senior Andy Browning added eight.

Davis and Camilletti each contributed six points.

The Bulldogs will host Basalt High School in a non-league game at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Hamilton said with the momentum from Saturday’s win, he is looking for the team to put a run together to close the season.

“I don’t think we are going to have any trouble getting the guys pumped up,” he said. “We want to get two in a row at home and we are excited to play just as hard as we did (Saturday).”

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